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  • Carter’s cancer rekindles memories of 1980 Olympic boycott
    Associated Press | August 29, 2015 12:11 am

    ATLANTA (AP) — Thirty-five years after his hopes for a gold medal were dashed by Jimmy Carter’s boycott of the Moscow Olympics, Craig Beardsley is at peace. That doesn’t mean the former world record-holding swimmer has backed off from his belief that staying home in 1980 was a huge mistake. “We were just pawns,” Beardsley […]

  • United States' Ashton Eaton competes in the men's discus throw decathlon at the World Athletic Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
    Eaton closes in on decathlon gold at worlds; Toth wins walk
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 8:52 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — Ashton Eaton is closing in on another decathlon world title, and keeping the world record in sight, too. The American finished just behind his closest rival, Damian Warner of Canada, on Saturday in the 110-meter hurdles before a sizable discus throw brought him within 13 points of his world-record pace. The pole […]

  • United States' Ashton Eaton practices with a book before competing in the men's discus throw decathlon at the World Athletic Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    The Latest: Eaton leads by 131 after 7 events in decathlon
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 8:11 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local): ___ 11:35 a.m. Defending champion Ashton Eaton stayed within world-record range after seven events in the decathlon, amassing 6,451 points after the discus throw. Eaton, who set the world record at 9,039 points in 2012, threw 44.34 meters and had a 131-point […]

  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 29-30 - FILE -  In this Aug. 23, 2015, file photo, Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during a final match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio. Djokovic is the No. 1 seed for the 2015 U.S. Open. Federer is seeded second. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    After restful summer, Federer in the swing heading into Open
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 5:48 pm

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Roger Federer isn’t in such a rush anymore. He’s doing things his way and taking time to savor each moment. After losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, he took a month off from tournament play to be with his family and visit Africa as part of his charity work. The […]

  • Men's 200m gold medalist Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates on the podium at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    The Latest: Toth leads 50K walk after 15K at worlds
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 4:57 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local): ___ 8:45 a.m. Matej Toth was leading the 50-kilometer walk after 15K in the world championships. Toth, who has the third-fastest time in history, passed the mark in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 28 seconds and was 39 seconds clear of Jared Tallent […]

  • FILE - This is a June 1, 2014, file photo showing Justin Wilson waiting to qualify before the second race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader in Detroit. The IndyCar Series has bounced from one problem to another all season as it scrambles for viewers and new fans. It heads into the season finale this weekend after suffering the worst possible blow: The death of a driver, with Justin Wilson dead at 37 from injuries suffered in a crash. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck, File)
    Column: IndyCar is clearly too risky; time to shut it down
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 3:48 pm

    Justin Wilson. Dan Wheldon. Paul Dana. Dead. Tony Renna. Greg Moore. Scott Brayton. Dead. Alex Zanardi. Sam Schmidt. Davey Hamilton. Maimed for life. Dario Franchitti. Cristiano da Matta. Kenny Brack. Careers cut short. James Hinchcliffe. Mikhail Aleshin. Mike Conway. Lucky to be alive. Enough already. After the latest tragedy in IndyCar — Wilson’s death from […]

  • The Union Pacific Intermodal rail yard is viewed with the Los Angeles skyline on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The vast extension of land could be repurposed as the centerpiece of the proposed $1 billion residential village for the 2024 Olympic Games bid. But with a deadline to submit a U.S. candidate for the 2024 Games just 18 days away, the plan remains a mystery in many ways. The sprawling Olympic Village, to be built with mostly private funds, is tethered to a series of financial assumptions and question marks. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
    An Olympic-sized question mark: Housing in plan for 2024
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 3:20 pm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The centerpiece of the proposed 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles would be a $1 billion village where thousands of athletes would eat, sleep and stroll on tree-lined walks and clipped lawns. But with a deadline to submit a U.S. candidate for the 2024 Games just 18 days away, the plan […]

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, with exercise rider George Alvarez up, heads to the track at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. American Pharoah is the overwhelming 1-5 favorite in a 10-horse field for Saturday's Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
    Travers time for American Pharoah on long trek by hoof, air
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 1:37 pm

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — American Pharoah can run. But can he fly? You betcha. By now, everyone knows American Pharoah glided through the Triple Crown — overcoming stormy weather, too — won the Haskell Invitational this month and is the 1-5 betting favorite for the $1.6 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race […]

  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2006, file photo, jockey Jerry Bailey, center, talks to reporters after the last race of his career at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. As American Pharoah, horse racing's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years is wrapping up preparations to run in Saturday's nationally televised Travers Stakes at Saratoga, N.Y. At Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., they're already preparing for the after-party. The jockey-turned TV commentator Bailey says the last time he'd seen this much buzz at the racetrack was in 2004, when Smarty Jones, the "people's horse" with the commoner's pedigree, headed to the Belmont after improbable wins at the Derby and Preakness. Whenever American Pharoah runs it is a boon for racetracks across the country. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
    American Pharoah still front and center on racing’s stage
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 12:14 pm

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Horse racing hasn’t had it this good in years. It isn’t hard to figure out why. “People like to see greatness and they know American Pharoah’s got the goods,” said Howard Sudberry, the marketing director at Arlington Park. “They also know they won’t get many more chances to see him.” […]

  • Men's 200m gold medalist Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates on the podium at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    Bolt back in relay, chases 3rd gold at worlds in Beijing
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 12:01 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — Usain Bolt handed his shoes to a volunteer after the 200 meters and the person took off with them. Not so fast. He still needs those bright yellow and blue spikes. There’s one race left for the Jamaican — the 4×100 relay. A win there Saturday and he’ll walk out of the […]